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  1. GG Riva

    Jack Ross

    I see Sunderland have identified Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth, as the man they want to succeed Jack Ross. Ironically, he's been in his present post for 7 years. In that time, Sunderland have been through just the 9 managers. You would hope he would have the presence of mind to tell them to shove it, but if he's ambitious and confident in his own ability (not to mention a handsome salary increase) he'll be strongly tempted to take it, even though statistically, he could well be out of a job by the end of the season.......... Eta. I see that Phil Parkinson is now the 1/5 fav to take over. Maybe the bookies know something we don't?
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    Russia v Scotland / Euro qualifiers

    The trouble with setting up not to lose, as Craig Levein will testify, is that as soon as you concede the first goal, you're well and truly fekked.
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    Trump and Turkey

    Contrary to what many of us may feel, Trump is not an idiot. I think he knows exactly what he's doing and will have been fully briefed by his aides as to the consequences of the USA's actions. Sadly, I don't think he gives a flying one......
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    Iconic album covers

    Been on the sauce, young fella? 😉
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    Jack Ross

    ''I will challenge your "fact".'' Well of course, it's in inverted commas for a reason, Vinnie. It's not so much a fact as a general rule, or received wisdom, if you prefer. There are always exceptions to any rule.......... FACT! 😃 The more general the rule, the more exceptions you're likely to find, if you look hard enough. You've found most of them in your post, I reckon. I would also argue that Mourinho is a good enough manager (although I don't like the man) to have amassed a good haul of trophies if he'd stayed at one club - he chose to leave some posts of his own accord. And 4 years is a very long term when we're talking about the likes of Sunderland......
  6. The old cynic in me thinks Erdogan asked Trump to move his troops out of Syria so he could bomb the Kurds to kingdom come. Well, they weren't in Normandy helping the Allies in WW2, I suppose. What a fekkin bizarre statement. I can't watch the news footage. So many innocent people caught in the cross fire.
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    Jack Ross

    It's a well known "fact" in football that clubs who regularly chop and change managers tend to be less successful than those who stick by the same one for a longer period. In the latter category, we think of Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson at Man U, Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Bill Shankly at Liverpool and Jock Stein at Celtic. Contrast that with Sunderland who have just sacked Jack Ross, their umpteenth managerial change and currently languishing in League 1. Is this "fact" open to scrutiny, however? Do the less successful clubs not change their managers precisely because they're unsuccessful? Would they not tie their managers up on long term contracts if they put together a winning team that put trophies in the club's cabinets? Jock Stein brought instant success to Celtic after the poorest period in their history, so keeping him at Parkhead was an easy decision, but Celtic were quick to offer him an administrative post and bring in Billy McNeill when the titles dried up. Without doubt, Man U persisting with Fergie in spite of an inauspicious beginning, is the most outstanding example of patience and loyalty to a manager paying off for a club. People forget that it took him 4 years to deliver a trophy and 7 years to win Man U's first league title in a generation. Stick or twist? That is the dilemma facing every Chairman when his/her club is going through a poor spell. Increasingly, more and more club owners are choosing to twist. Jack Ross showed he was a good manager at St Mirren. He didn't suddenly become a poor manager overnight. Maybe if Sunderland had exercised a bit more patience he would have taken them up this season - we'll never know. And there's no guarantee the new manager will get them promoted, either.....
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    No Deal or Remain?

    Perhaps this article supplies the answers to some of the questions I posed in the OP....... https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-myths-busting-polling-second-referendum-leave-remain-a9149491.html then again, maybe not. We know how badly the polls predicted the outcome of the 2016 Referendum.
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    No Deal or Remain?

    Do you think all those who voted Leave are happy for us to crash out without A deal, Vinnie?
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    Jack Ross

    I see the Sunderland manager was shown the door yesterday. I'd imagine Craig Fowler and John Potter will be following him up the road shortly since the new manager will almost certainly want to bring in his own team. How long before someone spots them at EEP? 🙂
  11. Do we have any idea as to the percentage of those who would be happy for the UK to leave the EU without a deal, either on the 31st October or at a later date? The BBC is reporting that a deal by the end of this month is now looking extremely unlikely. We know that just under 52% of those who voted in the Referendum voted Leave, but how many of these would now be prepared to leave without a deal? Presumably none of those who voted Remain would now want to leave without a deal, but I concede there may be a few exceptions. All in all, you have to think that a significant majority of those eligible to vote do not want to Leave without a deal, so why are Johnson and his lackeys so determined to go against the democratic will of the people? The PM is portraying this struggle as the people v parliament, with him on the side of the people but he is wrongly assuming (perhaps deliberately) that everyone who voted Leave is happy to leave without a deal. So much for democracy......
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    Stevie Crawford

    Nobody can deny results and performances have been generally poor, especially at home, where most of us see the team, but I think Stevie and his management team should be given more time to try and turn things around. I think the BoD are not given to pressing the panic button. AJ got a fair crack of the whip before he was (reluctantly) dismissed. I don't think SC will be treated any differently.
  13. ''His name is Boris, its quicker to type, Im not entirely sure what the issue is? In fact, by referring to him as Boris rather than Mr Johnson, in my eyes, belittles his PM position.'' I think his name is actually Alexander Kemal. How many previous PMs were known by a first name rather than their surname? For those who adored her, I'll give you ''Maggie'' Thatcher.
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    Iconic album covers

    Guid thread this. I have to dispute Sanguine's claim further up when he posted a grotty looking banana and talked it up. 🙂
  15. And do you actually believe anything that man says? Please stop referring to him as Boris, as you did further down, it makes him sound like some jolly, avuncular chap, when he's really a shifty, duplicitous liar. Pinocchio, would be more apt but sadly, his nose remains the same length, no matter how many porkies he spouts.